Origin of trumpeter

First recorded in 1490–1500; trumpet + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for trumpeter

Contemporary Examples of trumpeter

  • Why did he get into arguments with petty people, like the trumpeter in his town?

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    How I Write: Jared Diamond

    Noah Charney

    November 20, 2013

Historical Examples of trumpeter

  • "A great day,—say rather a great day for Ireland," tolled out the trumpeter.

    Sir Jasper Carew

    Charles James Lever

  • The trumpeter raised his trumpet nearly to his lips and waited.

    A Set of Six

    Joseph Conrad

  • The trumpeter raised his trumpet nearly to his lips, and waited.

    Gaspar Ruiz

    Joseph Conrad

  • A trumpeter lifted his bugle and sounded a bar of the reveille.

    Eben Holden

    Irving Bacheller

  • The trumpeter took off his hat and made a low bow to Alice and her Aunt.

    Nine Little Goslings

    Susan Coolidge

British Dictionary definitions for trumpeter



a person who plays the trumpet, esp one whose duty it is to play fanfares, signals, etc
any of three birds of the genus Psophia of the forests of South America, having a rounded body, long legs, and a glossy blackish plumage: family Psophiidae, order Gruiformes (cranes, rails, etc)
(sometimes capital) a breed of domestic fancy pigeon with a long ruff
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